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Meet Vincethealien

Today we’d like to introduce you to Vincethealien.

Vincethealien, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I was originally born on Mars and sent to Earth, crash landing in Los Angeles to spread the gospel about my little universe [haha]. Okay, on to the truth now. I’m an original LA kid – born and raised between Ladera Heights, Leimert Park, and Inglewood. Growing up, though surrounded by a beautiful and loving family, I always sort of felt like an outsider. I knew that I was “different” and I constantly received messages that confirmed that for me from some of my peers and even my family at times. I think it really negatively impacted my self-esteem – not to mention that I was also this short chubby kid who just wanted to be beautiful [haha] – and understanding of who I was to the point that feeling disconnected and not having the language, or even capacity, to express those feelings of being misunderstood led me to begin writing poetry and music.

Starting to write became my AHA moment because it allowed me to understand my own feelings and gave me a way to express them, especially that all of these messages – messages of not being “black enough”, “straight enough”, ultimately enough – caused me to hide, causing me to feel alien. Singing and writing were the only true forms of expression that I had and they helped me start the work of embracing myself being “different”. Through a lot of therapy, talks with my family that really fostered some healing, and starting to embrace love for myself – and for others – I started to see the fruit of that work when I finally allowed myself to celebrate those little nuances that made me me. And Vincethealien was born; an intergalactic, brown skin, harmony obsessed creature on a mission to heal and help others heal by sharing his journey of love and lust on this place called Earth.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I’m going to be honest – IT HAS BEEN A STRUGGLE! I wish I could enter clapping emojis in between each of those words [haha]. Being a musician and staying focused when it feels like no one cares, no one is listening, and that you’re just not enough is work; emotional work, mental work, physical work, and it takes a lot of breathwork [haha]. It can be a lot of input with not a lot of output. When I initially started out, I really didn’t understand how to even move through the various levers of music and writing – business, branding, how to build your audience, how to relax, how to make sure you remember who you are when everything doesn’t seem to make any sense and the only word you’re hearing is “No.” I’ve had plenty of times where I’ve questioned my desire, my commitment, my dream, but I started to learn that that is okay.

I realized that these questions and struggles really started to help me – more like push me – into getting even more focused on my mission, which was being authentic to who I am as an artist, embracing that this is a long game, understanding that I needed to build up my other skills in order to have an income to support my dreams and goals, and to have some fun; to enjoy my life and find ways to serve some intergalactic sensuality on a track while doing it [haha]. I feel like I’m getting better day by day; I’m understanding myself more, the business side of music and independent music entrepreneurship, how to relax – though I still have some work mentally to do in this area – and how to allow myself to keep moving forward even when it feels like there isn’t the momentum that I’d like to see… yet!

Can you give our readers some background on your music?
As Vincethealien, I’m really able to create these unique, sonic experiences that pay homage to the range of musical influences I had growing up like Sade, Nine Inch Nails, Radiohead, Brandy, Meshell Ndegeocello, Maxwell, and Portishead. Blending some of those sonic influences with my love for layered harmonies, storytelling through songwriting, and some Alternative R&B/Hip Hop focused production has really allowed me and my main production partner – others9000 – to curate this sound that has become my own and I’m really proud of the vulnerability, sensuality, and intimacy that comes through the lyricism and sound choices myself and others9000 end up making together.

What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
The proudest moment of my career so far has been… learning to let go of myself getting in the way of myself & no longer allowing others experiences to dictate my experience. I think for the longest time, I was so afraid of taking ownership of my sound and what I wanted out of my career. I allowed others, though they had nothing but good intentions, to define what it should look and sound like because I was so unsure of where and how I wanted to get to where I was going, but once I started to allow myself to make some mistakes and take some accountability for who I wanted to be, I remember stepping back and feeling so proud. And Vincethealien is the manifestation of that pride and excitement and ownership of who I want to be as an artist as opposed to who everyone else tells you you need to be as an artist, which today is a 24 hour 7 days a week social media influencer with a million YouTube followers and every piece of the puzzle in place, which is not 100% true.

We all have a different journey, especially as artists. Some artists – though very rare – do make it overnight; they have a video go viral on Instagram, and the next day they are in some VPs office at a record label with a contract typed up and ready for them to go. For other artists, it can take a while to hit; doesn’t mean that you don’t have great music, doesn’t mean you’re not good enough, doesn’t mean you don’t have the talent – it just means your journey is different. It was an important lesson for me to learn and an important part of my experience to take pride in. I think another moment was when I released my first single, “Rodeo Star”, and people really latched onto it – that meant the world to me because I can’t even tell you the amount of times I questioned that song because I was the producer and writer, which was scary. I was used to being the writer, but the producer hat scared me, so to have let go and let it be and have people from all around the world enjoy “Rodeo Star” – the thought still brings tears to my eyes; thankful and happy tears though.

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